Police dog corners gunman after attack on cab driver

2012-11-06 00:00

A QUICK response by the Pietermaritzburg K9 unit probably saved the life of the driver of a metered taxi on Saturday evening.

Nhlanhla Zuma (47) picked up two men in the CBD at about 8.45 pm.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said the men asked to be taken to Haniville in Copesville.

While driving down Church Street Zuma apparently asked the passengers to pay the fare. They told him they would pay once they arrive at their destination.

“It is believed that Zuma then stopped his vehicle and asked the men to get out. An argument ensued and both men began assaulting Zuma.

One of the men produced a firearm and shot Zuma, hitting him on his left shoulder. The men then began stoning Zuma’s taxi …” said Jeevan in a statement.

She said a passing motorist witnessed the incident and alerted the police. The Pietermaritzburg K9 unit, which was on patrol nearby, went to the scene.

On their arrival the suspects fled in different directions. One of them fired two shots at the police. A police dog was released and it gave chase, catching up with the armed man in Thomas Street. The other suspect escaped.

Zuma was taken to Grey’s Hospital for treatment. He is believed to be in a stable condition.

Further investigations on Sunday lead to the arrest of a second suspect in a house in Haniville.

The suspects, who appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday, were identified as Tebogo Tefoe (25) and Sipho Gwandi (24). They were charged with attempted murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm. They were remanded in custody until November 12.

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